Earlier today the WBA held the purse bid for their Super Bantamweight mandatory title fight between champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]. The purse bid had come about after the sides failed to reach an agreement on purses and it was a rather odd one, with only World of Boxing, the promoter of Akhmadaliev, even tabling a bid.
The bid from the Russian promoter was $145,000, a disappointingly low purse for a bout that will not only have the WBA title on the line but also the IBF title, with Roman being a unified champion following his thrilling win over TJ Doheny earlier in the year.
The bid came with 3 proposed dates and locations of the bout. Those proposals were Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 21st, St. Petersburg, Russia a week later, on September 28th; or Los Angeles, on September 14th.
Interestingly Roman had been announced for a card in Mexico in August, with that bout now looking like it could be off due to this purse bid, a purse bid that was announced as taking place over a week ago. It's also worth noting that Roman will also have an IBF mandatory due in the near future, against Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], so he may end up not being a unified champion for too long, sadly, due to the ever frustrating politics of sport and the inactivity of fighters at the top.
Originally it was assumed the two teams would come to a relatively easy agreement, given that both are co-promoted by Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn, with the champion being promoted by Thompson Boxing and Akhmadaliev being promoted World of Boxing. The fact a deal couldn't be arranged is rather worrying, though it does seem like their could be something else at play here, and we wouldn't be surprised to at least another twist in the tale for this bout.
According to central Asian sources the teams of Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] have failed to reach an agreement for their bout, which was ordered by the WBA earlier in the year.
The bout would pit Roman, the current unified WBA and IBF champion, against the fast rising Uzbek challenger, who quickly raced through the rankings. It was was expected a deal would be reached quite easily, especially given the fact there will be an IBF mandatory due in the near future against former champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], but instead the teams have struggled to reach an agreement.
At the time of writing it now seems we will end up going to purse bids, split 75/25 in favour of Roman, with July 2nd set as the date for the purse bids, if the teams can't reach a deal before then.
Roman has already delayed this mandatory once, to unify the titles in his recent victory over TJ Doheny. It was known ahead of that bout that Akhmadaliev would be waiting in the wings for the eventual winner, and here he is now actively pursuing his title fight.
Despite the purse bid scenario it seems almost certain the bout will take place, and will do so in the US, no matter who wins the purse bid. Roman is, after all, an American fighter and Akhmadaliev has fought his entire career in the US, though of course promotional rights, finances and control of the fight are all vital for the teams involved in the purse bid process, and we suspect their will be a pretty decent sized winning bid for this much anticipated match up.
Yesterday it was revealed that the WBA had ordered a Super Bantamweight mandatory title defense, which would pit talented champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10), the current unified WBA and IBF champion, against unbeaten Uzbek challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович].
The WBA, who reported the order on their own website, has been set by the WBA Championship Committee, and a letter from the president of the committee, Carlos Chavez, has been sent to both teams.
The parties have been given until June 6th to agree a deal for the bout with a purse big set to be called if an agreement can't be made by that date. Of course the teams can also request an earlier purse bid if they desire.
Roman unified the WBA and IBF titles last month, when he won a FOTY contender against TJ Doheny, taking the IBF title from the Australian based Irish man in a must watch fight. That bout helped strengthen Roman's claim as the best Super Bantamweight on the planet, and showed not only his skills, work rate and toughness, but also his desire to be the best and his charge in the later rounds to get over the line was excellent.
Akhmadaliev on the other hand became the WBA #1 ranked contender last year, following his win over Isaac Zarate. His only bout this year was an easy win over Carlos Carlson, on the same card as Roman's win over Doheny, with that bout serving as more of a stay busy bout than anything else. He is a very highly regarded former amateur standout, who only made his professional debut in March 2018 but has been fast tracked to a shot due to his ability and the belief of team, who had him fighting in minor title bouts last year.
Given how both men fought on the same card in April we suspect that this bout will be agreed before the purse bid date, and that the bout will almost certainly fall on a DAZN card in the US promoted by Eddie Hearn in the summer or early fall.
Last night was an interesting one for Central Asian prospects, with 3 notable, and unbeaten, prospects in action. Whilst all 3 won there was certainly talking points from all 3 bouts.
The first was MTK Global's recent Kazakh signing Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], who made his UK debut and took a clear win over journeyman Andrejs Podusovs (16-11-1, 5). The bout was a clear win over 8 rounds for the Kazakh, who took the victory with a score of 79-74 from referee Lee Cook.
Despite the comfortable win Kotochigov really didn't impress. He looked poor, and was cut early on from a clash of heads. Although he got the win he will need to put on a much better performance next time out if he's to continue to build his reputation, a reputation that got a good boost back in March, when he beat Piotr Gudel.
Another man who failed to shine, despite being heavily favoured by the scores, was Uzbek hopeful Shakhram Giyasov (8-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov], who stepped up in class and was given a real scare by Emanuel Taylor (20-6, 14). The talented Giyasov seemed to be over-looking Taylor, and was punished early on when he was rocked in the opening round. He gritted it out and bounced back well, but was hurt several times during the fight, and had to work really hard for the win, a win that he was expected to get with no issues at all.
Although Giyasov won with scores of 99-91, twice, and 97-93 there were few fans agreeing with the decision and it certainly exposed Giyasov as someone who is over-confident and really needs to work on how he fights. He is a talent, and really could go far, but yesterday's performance was thoroughly disappointing, and he certainly has a lot to learn.
One man who did shine was sadly not televised, and that's the highly ranked highly ranked Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]who easily got past former WBC Bantamweight challenger Carlos Carlson (23-6, 14), scoring a 3rd round TKO win. On paper this was a good looking win, but in reality we all knew Carlson wasn't particularly good, and was there to lose.
Later today fight fans till get the chance to see two promising Uzbek prospects in action, both of whom have recently announced a co-promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing.
One of those is Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov], who looks to continue his rise through the ranks later today when he takes on Emanuel Taylor (20-5, 14). Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both men came in marginally under the 140lbs limit, with both looking very strong and very powerful.
The other was the highly ranked Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who will be facing off with former WBC Bantamweight challenger Carlos Carlson (23-5, 14). As with Giyasov and Taylor we also saw Akhmadaliev and Carlson take part in their weigh in, and they hit the scales above the Super Bantamweight limit. On the scales Akhmadaliev was 124.5lbs whilst Carlson was 125.25lbs. This is regarded as a bit of a tick over fight for Akhmadaliev ahead of a potential world title fight later in the year.
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